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Topical Fluticasone Propionate Side Effects

Clinical studies have shown that facial spider veins, skin irritation, and dryness are some of the most common side effects of topical fluticasone propionate. However, the specific reactions will depend on which product you are using. In general, adverse reactions are typically minor and easily treated. You may need immediate medical attention, however, if you experience problems like severe fluid retention, infections, or hallucinations.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Topical Fluticasone Propionate

Just like any medicine, topical fluticasone propionate (Cutivate®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with topical fluticasone propionate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Topical Fluticasone Propionate Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of steroids, including topical fluticasone propionate, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
In general, these serious reactions are extremely unlikely to occur when topical fluticasone propionate is used as directed for a short time. Applying too much, over too large an area, and for extended periods may increase the risk for serious steroid side effects.

Topical Fluticasone Propionate Information

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